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Prop 64: Now The Legal Questions

The impact of Proposition 64 has been reverberating through the courtrooms these past two weeks and a number of cases have stalled to assess how things will shape up. On…

Patricide In Laytonville

Jewel Evern Dyer — finally cornered after attempting to elude trial as a nutcase — at last went through the first step in the direction of justice for killing his…

When Hill Muffins Fall Out

When Hill Muffins Fall Out

Last Tuesday (election day), a pot trial got underway featuring some of the area’s most noted growers, activists and Deadhead celebrities were mentioned in open court — names like Wavy…

Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

Lorenzo Rodriquez took the stand at the end of his court trial last week, opting to appear before a judge rather than a jury. The defendant proceeded to pitch a…

On The Eve Of Legalization…

A three-day jury trial ended last Wednesday with a hung jury, but the defendant will be going to prison anyway. Manuel Carl Turchan, 37, ran from a bust in Covelo…

Deputy Massey’s Last Patrol

After 20 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Mendocino County, Orell Massey has retired, although we understand he may return as a jail transportation officer for a while. Here’s a…

This Halloween Story Rated PG

Last Halloween at a pot pharm near Dos Rios, when the costumes came off around midnight, out stepped a real monster, and a major act of violence commenced. Parental Guidance…

Crime Doesn’t Pay; Neither Does Work

Jewel E. Dyer and James A. Norton, both of Willits, have a lot in common. They’re both astute young fellows with enough acumen to see that working for a living…

It’s Everyone Else’s Fault

The Bronwen Hanes sentencing early last week proved to be a textbook exhibit of perp denial. All evidence to the contrary, Ms. Hanes, and her volatile boy friend, Tommy Lemons…

“He’s Out There Sleeping”

“He’s Out There Sleeping”

A preliminary examination of the evidence against Charles Reynolds in the death of Kenneth Fisher has resulted in a holding order against Reynolds, which was no surprise to those who…

Sending The Message That’s Seldom Received

Judge David Nelson didn’t want to send Jared Soinila to prison for gross vehicular manslaughter — Count One, and Count Two, DUI resulting in great bodily harm — but the…

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